AutoDarkMode is a great open source tool to automatically switch between dark and light themes on Windows. You can set custom hours, switch manually or use sunset and sunrise from your location.
You can download it and contribute here on GitHub.
It can also change your wallpaper to a light or dark one - but only on one screen. Since I have a dual screen setup and a soft spot for ultra-wide wallpapers, there had to be a way!
Luckily, AutoDarkMode can call custom scripts on a light/dark switch event. With a simple PowerShell script, which I have adapted from a PowerShell function shared by Jose Espitia, we can set a given file as wallpaper in a certain mode (span in my case).
Download set-windows-wallpaper script
Once downloaded, put the script into the location you want to keep it in permanently. This can be any folder you like really. I’ve put it into
The script can also set wallpapers in other modes - feel free to have a look into it, if you’re interested in that.
Change Powershell ExecutionPolicy
To run custom scripts, you need to change Powershell’s ExecutionPolicy. Start a Powershell as admin and run the following, answering
[Y] when asked whether changes shall be made:
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
At this point you may test whether the script works. Run the following in Powershell. Make sure to adapt the path to the script and image to your setup.
C:\Users\val\Documents\set-windows-wallpaper.ps1 -File C:\Users\val\Pictures\Wallpaper\wallpaper-day.jpg -Style Span
Configure AutoDarkMode to run script
With the script in place and running successfully, you can configure AutoDarkMode to run it. Right-click on the AutoDarkMode icon in the system tray and click Open config directory.
In the config directory, open the file
scripts.yaml and add the following to it. The file should already contain an example for a script. You can just delete that or comment it out for reference.
Make sure to replace the paths to the script and your desired light and dark images!
Enabled: true Component: TimeoutMillis: 10000 Scripts: - Name: Span wallpaper change Command: Powershell ArgsLight: [C:\Users\val\Documents\set-windows-wallpaper.ps1, -File, C:\Users\val\Pictures\Wallpaper\wallpaper-day.jpg, -Style, Span] ArgsDark: [C:\Users\val\Documents\set-windows-wallpaper.ps1, -File, C:\Users\val\Pictures\Wallpaper\wallpaper-night.jpg, -Style, Span] AllowedSources: [Any]
See the AutoDarkMode wiki for reference on adding custom scripts.
Now, you can test the script through AutoDarkMode by forcing a switch to the light and dark theme. Right-click on the AutoDarkMode icon in system tray and click the corresponding command. Your span wallpaper should change as configured.
If it doesn’t, make sure that the script works when run directly and that the config in
scripts.yaml is correct. You can also consult the
service.log file written by AutoDarkMode. It was very helpful in developing this script!